CT Lung Screening
Getting a lung screening now, can make a difference later.
Smoking is a major risk factor for developing lung cancer. At Hilton Head Hospital, our Lung Cancer Screening Program provides a non-invasive procedure, low-dose CT (LDCT), to screen current and former smokers who are at a high risk of developing the disease.
What is a CT Lung Screening?
Lung cancer screening looks for signs of lung cancer before you feel symptoms from the disease. Low-dose CT scan is the test now recommended to screen for lung cancer. Screening allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment, which may slow or even stop cancer from progressing. Many lung cancer deaths can be prevented by screening high-risk people every year.
Why is CT Lung Screening Important?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. It is estimated that over 221,200 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Lung cancer has traditionally been undetectable until it has reached a late, often incurable stage. With advances in technology and cancer research, there are now proven and effective ways to screen for lung cancer at its earliest stages.
Meet Our Navigator
Micah Buford, RN, Hilton Head Hospital’s dedicated Lung Screening Nurse Navigator, serves as a resource to patients and physicians in the coordination of care. This begins with risk identification and screening and continues with education and guidance throughout diagnosis and treatment. Following evidence-based guidelines, Micah serves as a primary point of contact for patients and caregivers to ensure timely access to care, to keep communication flowing, and to answer questions about medical information.
Who Can Participate in the CT Lung Screening Program?
You may qualify for our CT Lung Screening Program if you:
- Are between ages 55-77
- Are a current smoker or have quit smoking in the last 15 years